Movies – S

S.O.B. (1981)

You don't expect this sort of ill-conceived vitriol from Blake Edwards, creator of the amiable, if idiotic, Inspector Clouseau, especially when Edwards's wife Julie Andrews - the wholesome Mary Poppins herself - is the star. Yet - posing as a satirical comedy - this attack on Hollywood values, is one of the rudest and crudest(...)

Salem’s Lot (1979)

Ben (David Soul of Starsky & Hutch fame) is a writer who has returned to his hometown of Salem's Lot in New England to write a book. Mysterious antiques man Richard Straker (James Mason) has also secretly moved to town, along with his "master" - a vampire. Before long, people begin dying. Eventually, Soul figures out(...)

Salò (120 Days of Sodom) (1975)

Relocating the Marquis de Sade's notorious novel to wartime Italy, this film has become synonymous with sexual deviance and bestial violence. Yet, Pier Paolo Pasolini had loftier ambitions than simply shocking the critics who thought his work obscene. The plot here is brutishly simple: a group of dignitaries hole up in a remote castle, intent on(...)

Salon Kitty (1976)

Kitty Kellermann (Ingrid Thulin) runs a brothel in Nazi Germany - the Salon Kitty - where the soldiers of the Third Reich come to relax. Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry SS officer (Helmut Berger), who plans to spy on the military officer clientele. Girls in the pay of(...)

Salute Of The Jugger, The (1988)

A brutally violent sport (combining rugby, basketball and gratuitous violence) becomes popular in a post-apocalyptic America, both in the luxurious underground cities and the poor settlements struggling to survive on the surface. Rutger Hauer stars as Sallow, a veteran player of the sport who has been reduced to leading a ragbag outfit of semi-pros from village(...)

Salvador (1986)

Fact-based drama about cynical, drug-taking, burnt-out foreign correspondent Richard Boyle (James Woods) who visits El Salvador in the early 1980s to escape his personal problems - only to find himself in the middle of the bloody civil war ravaging the country. Instead of reflecting the brutality and CIA-supported chaos of the guerrilla war in Central America(...)

Sand Pebbles, The (1966)

Engineer Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) arrives aboard the gunboat USS San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river.(...)

Sandwich Man, The (1966)

Mild-mannered widower Horace Quilby is a 'Sandwich Man' who carries a sandwich-board on behalf of Finklebaum and O'Casey - dealers in 'misfit clothing' - and is a resplendent sight in his top hat and tails as he walks the London streets. He is also secretary of the Sandwichmen's Brotherhood. But his real interest in life is(...)

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)

The people of Mars kidnap Santa Claus and two children in an effort to capture the Christmas spirit for their listless children who have seen how happy Earth children are via television stations they have intercepted from Earth. The campy 1964 sci-fi flick Santa Claus Conquers the Martians featured a young, unknown Pia Zadora as a spunky(...)

Saragossa Manuscript, The (1965)

Based on the 1813 novel by Jan Potocki, this is a complex and exhilarating film that ranks among the most remarkable achievements of 1960s European cinema. Beginning in the Peninsular War, the action shifts, via the pages of a gloriously illustrated tome, to a dazzling compendium of interweaving stories. Zbigniew Cybulski's Walloon guardsman meets with(...)

Satan’s Sadists (1969)

The Satans are a very cruel biker gang led by Anchor (Russ Tamblyn). The gang stop at a diner in the middle the California desert and begin to terrorise Lew (Kent Taylor), his waitress, Tracy (Jacquline Cole) and their patrons. After a little killing, one of the patrons named Johnny (Gary Kent) - an ex-Marine(...)

Satanic Rites of Dracula, The (1973)

Following Dracula AD 1972 came Hammer’s modern-dress entry in the Dracula series. The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a science fiction/horror/thriller hybrid lacking in Hammer’s usual Gothic flavour and bursting with new ideas, viewed by some as a cross between Dracula and The Avengers; it’s well-paced but suffers from Alan Gibson’s careless direction and cross-cutting. The script, by Doctor Who scribe Don Houghton(...)

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961)

Albert Finney rose to stardom in this stark kitchen sink drama written by Alan Sillitoe showing working-class lifestyles in an English industrial community. Finney plays Arthur Seaton - an impish, devious non-conformist who's unhappy as a Nottingham factory worker. He is also having an affair with Brenda (Rachel Roberts) the wife of co-worker Jack (Bryan Pringle), until(...)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

The movie which single-handedly made disco the dominant force on the planet for a brief period of the 70s and launched John Travolta to stardom. It also changed disco from the elite pastime of a few drug-crazed Americans with liberal views on sex into a global pastime for all the family. And it gave punk(...)

Saturn 3 (1980)

Research workers Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett live an idyllic Adam and Eve existence in a synthetic food-making factory on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Then along comes reptilian Harvey Keitel, a psychopath on the run from Earth, and his equally disturbed robot, Hector. Saturn 3 was directed for two weeks by Star Wars/Superman production designer John Barry(...)

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